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The FTC wants to shut down ‘stalkerware,’ apps that can hide inside people’s phones and spy on their activity

The FTC alleges that Retina-X apps were installed without knowledge or permission, and data was not protected adequately.

Inside the secretive Israeli spyware startup scene, where the notorious NSO Group has spawned a web of companies that hack into devices

NSO Group's founders and alumni have spawned a web of more than a dozen similar startups, many of which operate in secret,

UN expert calls for halt to sales of spyware that may have helped Saudi Arabia track and kill Jamal Khashoggi

A report to the UN calls on spyware companies to stop selling and licensing their wares in the face of gross human rights violations.

An insider reveals how the nasty spyware used in the WhatsApp breach lets governments secretly access everything in your smartphone, from text message...

Over 1.5 billion WhatsApp users were exposed to a major security flaw that enabled hackers to take over smartphones simply by calling them.

Meet the shadowy security firm from Israel whose technology is believed to be at the heart of the massive WhatsApp hack

The NSO Group's Pegasus software is believed to be at the heart of a major new spyware attack that affects billions of people.
The authoritarian regime of Sudan was one Hacking Team client.

Crypto exchange Coinbase hired mercenaries who sold spyware to Saudi Arabia and Sudan —then fired them after backlash

Coinbase says it parted ways with staffers after reports linked them to a firm that sold spyware to repressive regimes to monitor dissidents.
Developed by Israeli cyber company NSO Group, Pegasus sends "exploit links" to operators' targets, who can then access virtually all the phone's data and can even use the phone's camera to spy on conversations.

Saudi Arabia doesn’t officially recognize Israel, but its hackers are reportedly using Israeli spyware to target dissidents in foreign countries...

Canadian research laboratory Citizen Lab says it found Israeli spyware on a Saudi dissident and Canadian asylee's phone. The lab reports the spyware made by NSO Group is being used by Saudi-based operators, which may be a violation of criminal codes.
A Saudi-linked agent has been found installing spyware on smartphones belonging to the kingdom's critics. Here, Saudi soldiers monitor screens during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the country.

Saudi agents are reportedly secretly installing spyware onto people’s phones to track critics abroad

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that outspoken Saudi critic Omar Abdulaziz was targeted with the spyware in June after clicking on a link purporting to be from DHL about a package. Abdulaziz said he didn't know he was being spied on until the lab contacted him, but has noticed suspicious messages.